ALBAWABA - An Iraqi actress is suing the Economist magazine for using her photo on a story about fat women in the Arab world.
Iraqi actress sues The Economist for using her photo in an article about 'fat' women https://t.co/n7eHJrvErA— MSN Canada (@MSNca) August 12, 2022
Enas Taleb, 42, said the photo, taken by Anadolu Agency at the Babylon International Festival in Iraq on Oct. 28, 2021, was used by The Economist without her consent and out of context, and thus violated her privacy according to the Turkish news agency.
Iraqi actress sues The Economist for using a photo of her to illustrate article about Arab women being 'fatter' than men https://t.co/HciNTmw6Ul— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 11, 2022
The story is trending on the social media with many international news outlets talking about the legal action that is being taken by the Iraqi actress. This includes the Daily Mail which has carried a full length feature on the legal action.
Iraqi actress Enas Taleb is taking legal action against the British weekly newspaper The Economist for using an image of her to illustrate an article about obesity in women in the Arab worldhttps://t.co/GaGfbSwyhA— WION (@WIONews) August 11, 2022
The London daily wrote the Iraqi actress and talk show host wants to sue The Economist for using her photo to illustrate a story about how women are fatter than men in the Arab world, adding Taleb, a well-known television personality in her country, was outraged to see a photo of herself during a performance at Iraq's annual cultural Babylon Festival nine months ago beneath the headline about fat women.
"It was disappointing to see an international outlet label me as if all my accomplishments mean nothing. I am healthy and happy with the way I look, and to me that is all that matters.”— Nathan Wiebe (@ntwiebe) August 12, 2022
Apparently, that's not ALL that matters. 😀 https://t.co/Nz3iieL67d
She also accused the newspaper of editing the image, noting that she had already launched legal action against it in the UK over the article, published late last month with the title "Why Women Are Fatter Than Men in the Arab World," Anadolu reported.
Netizens have also been commenting more like gloating with one works comments like "good" and "thank you!
The article in the Economist seeks to explain why, on average, Arab women gain more weight than Arab men, pointing to poverty, societal limitations, customs, and traditions that keep them at home more than their male counterparts.
Taleb called the article an 'insult to all Arab women' in general and Iraqi women in particular as reported in the Daily Mail. 'Audiences have loved me for many years. It was disappointing to see an international outlet label me as if all my accomplishments mean nothing,' she said.
Have you seen this interesting story? @Jon_Boone— Kiyya Baloch (@KiyyaBaloch) August 11, 2022
"Iraqi actress and chat show host Enas Taleb is suing The Economist for using a picture of her in an article about “fat” women in the Middle East."https://t.co/omysVKQTXe
'I am healthy and happy with the way I look, and to me that is all that matters.' The article by the august British journal drew criticism from across the Arab world, with some decrying its 'contemptuous tone' and others questioning its poor analysis of Arab society. Others accused it of being 'racist', 'sexist' and 'shaming' towards Arab women, the Daily Mail continues.
Another take from Anadolu: She also questioned the Economist's interest in "fat" Arab women over those in the US or Europe with similar bodies. Speaking to several media outlets from different countries, she underlined frequently that she received many "bullying comments" on social media, while also emphasizing that she is healthy and happy with the way she looks. "To me, that is all that matters," she said.
Taleb is among Iraq's most famous actresses and is also popular on social media. She has nine million subscribers on Instagram.
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